I’ve been playing around a lot with eye makeup for the past couple of months – it’s a little bit of a newfound obsession. Call it ‘catching up on lost time’ as I never really bothered about makeup until I moved to Norway and realised – it is time to start looking like a girl. Nothing reminds you more of your gender when you work in a male dominated industry. When I first started working in Oslo, I was the only girl in my department (there were girls in other sections).
I guess you could say “woman” but I usually like to blog in spoken English – hence guys and girls.
So one fine day, about a month and a half into living in Norway and with only a single MAC Studio Fix (my sisters had convinced me previously that I need to use a little bit of powder) and some simple lip glosses, I realized it was time to venture into the makeup world. I looked up the nearest MAC store (3 years ago there was only one in Glasmagasinet) and dropped by. I explained to the Make up Artist (MUA) that I had spent most of my teenage years hidden behind a book or the other and could use a little bit of help on the basics of makeup.
About 20 minutes later, I left the store with the MAC Studio Fix Liquid, two cute little pans of eyeshadow (Mulch and Grain to be exact) and a MAC 217 brush and a MAC 228 brush (to smudge out the eyeliner). I had an old black eyeliner that I had no clue how to use so I thought I’ll play around with that first before splurging more on MAC.
Flash forward to now, I have more makeup that I can use (I’m a bit of a hoarder ;)) and am still always on the lookout for new and cool stuff. I have also successfully educated the bf in the fine art of cosmetic shopping 🙂 So nowadays I just sit back and watch bids on e-Bay, get tempted by Eyeko, read tons of make up and beauty blogs (MBB/IMBB/Shamini’s Diary/PinchyPeach/IcySwirls/VonvonsInterests/Temptalia, etc.) and constantly try to learn something new about makeup.
Last weekend I tried out the NARS Kalahari eyeshadow duo (there are a lot of swatches online) with a bit of MAC Mulch on the crease. I’m not a makeup expert, but PinchyPeach wanted to see what it looked like, so here goes:
The eyeshadow looks a lot more natural in real than it does in this photo. This was with the Urban Decay Primer Potion and after a good 4 hours or so. This mild creasing is nothing compared to what it would have looked like minus the primer (I’m cursed with oily lids). The contrast of this photograph has been tweaked a lot to show the slight shimmer of the eyeshadow. The eyeliner is a classic matte black (I think it’s an old Christian Dior I picked up at duty free a year ago).
Excuse the under eye wrinkles – I’m getting old 🙂